I’m sometimes asked about my recommendations for a bee and wasp repellent that can be used without causing harm to bees and other pollinators.
There are a number of products available, including very effective natural based ingredients that can be used on the skin, and elsewhere.
Here are 2 products I recommend:
For US visitors
I suggest a picardin based insect
repellent, such as Sawyer Insect Repellent which can be purchased from Amazon.com,
I also recommend a product called Icognito which is also suitable for use on the skin.
UK visitors can kind find Icognito on Amazon.co.uk.
I also recommend Ecoguard Extreme DEET FREE Insect Repellent is available from Amazon.co.uk, which contains saltidin.
However, with regard to wasps nests.....in my view.....
Personally, I have never tried any of the following, for the simple reason that I have never wanted to repel bees and wasps, but I understand the following might work.
Do not spray these mixtures directly at bees or wasps, and be sure the surface where you are spraying can tolerate the mixture:
Crush garlic and add it to water. Spray around the area where you wish to deter bees and wasps.
Again, sprayed onto the area you wish to protect, it is said to help but, please be aware that vinegar can damage or kill plants.
Catnip Essential Oil
Create a spray with this to deter bees and wasps.
Tea Tree Oil
I have no idea if it works, but some people do believe it to be effective, and it’s something you can try on your skin as long as you have no allergies to the ingredients.
It really depends on the circumstances. Moth balls are not safe to use around bees in enclosed bee hives.
Moth balls release a gas that is
toxic for bees, although if they are used in a non-enclosed space, they should
act to repel the bees, rather than actually kill them. In any event, you could instead use aluminium foil lining stapled under eaves, or better still, use a Waspinator as described above.
However, I tend not to
recommend moth balls because there are natural alternatives, although you could
probably put them in the loft to prevent bees from creating a nest there. If
you have a bee nest in your attic, I’d recommend that you first remove the bees
to safety (or get help to do so) before using any moth balls. See help with bees.
This is basically a toxic pesticide.
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How To Kill Wasps
Don’t! It is far better not to kill wasps because you will only attract more of them.